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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-02-12

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS TALKS - UN SPECIAL ADVISER
  • [02] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - NEGOTIATIONS
  • [03] FMs OF RUSSIA AND CYPRUS - TALKS

  • [01] CYPRUS TALKS - UN SPECIAL ADVISER

    The leaders of the two communities of Cyprus, the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot, presented on Thursday their positions on the criteria for a settlement of the issue of properties they discuss in the framework of their direct talks, aiming to reach a settlement of the Cyprus question, UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser for Cyprus Alexander Downer has said.

    In statements after the 19th meeting between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, in the framework of the UN-led direct negotiations, Downer added that the discussion on the property issue will continue next Thursday.

    Asked if there was any agreement on the criteria, he said that this is a very early stage of the discussions. They have a way to go, of course, not surprisingly. As I have always said these are difficult issues and they are not going to be resolved in one meeting like that, he added.

    Replying to a question on the UN team of experts, Downer said that it is very important for himself and the people working with him to have a good understanding of the issues.

    ``So we of course are able under the budget of the United Nations to draw on people who are able to ensure that in particularly I understand all the international precedents and approaches that have been taken to these types of issues``, Downer said.

    He noted that ``we have had an academic who has been helping us, he comes from a Canadian University - I think the University of Western Ontario. He is able to give me assistance and guidance on constitutional matters because that is what he is an expert on.``

    ``Through this process we will draw on people who are renowned experts to help me and to help the United Nations team to make sure that we fully understand,`` the UN diplomat noted, adding that `` everybody in this process needs to be on top of all the details and understand the issues, so that is really what it is about.``

    ``As I have said all along, our role is not to write a settlement to the Cyprus problem. Our role is to be as helpful as we can and for the people of Cyprus in the end to make the decisions about any settlement that they may agree,`` Downer added.

    Responding to another question, Donwer said President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader know each other well and have a very good personal relationship, and that is reflected in the meetings, adding that this was reflected in todays meeting also.

    Christofias and Talat have been engaged in negotiations since early September last year, aiming at reunifying the island, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974.

    [02] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - NEGOTIATIONS

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias excluded the possibility that either the Greek Cypriot or the Turkish Cypriot side will leave negotiations.

    President Christofias was speaking to the press at the Presidential Palace after the 19th meeting he had today with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in the framework of the UN-led direct negotiations, which began last September with a view to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Neither Talat nor Christofias will leave the direct talks, President Christofias said

    [03] FMs OF RUSSIA AND CYPRUS - TALKS

    The Russian diplomacy has reassured its firm and longstanding support for a just and viable settlement of the Cyprus question, Cyprus Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou said after a meeting he had in Moscow on Thursday with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

    Kyprianou expressed his satisfaction over the Russian stance, especially during the current crucial phase of the process of direct negotiations between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, aiming to reach a settlement of the question of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion in 1974.

    Lavrov accepted Kyprianous invitation to visit Cyprus and said he will support the Cypriot initiative to establish three new General Consulates in Russia.


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